The Voice Of An Angel
His voice is so special ...
Article By Sharon Stajda
The Latin meaning of the word Bocelli, is "good or best". The Latin meaning of the word tenor " to hold ". In my opinion, Andrea Bocelli is most certainly one of the best, most manly tenors the world has yet to offer up.
Diva Celine Dion once said, "If God had a singing voice, he would sound a lot like Andrea Bocelli." I tend to believe Andrea Bocelli is God's angle of voice.
Andrea Bocelli was born September 22, 1958, in a small town by the name of La Sterza, which is in the beautiful Tuscan Region of Italy. Bocelli’s parents sold farm machinery, and also were winemakers. As a child, Andrea played the organ in the church. At the age of 12, he won his first music competition, "Margherita d’Oro" in Viareggio, with his rendition of "O Sole Mio".
This same year while playing football with chums, Andrea was seriously injured. His injury progressed into Glaucoma, that ultimately rendered him blind. After high school, Andrea attended the University Of Pisa, where he earned a degree in Law. He went on to practice as an Attorney for a year. He was quick to realize he was more interested in a career in music than law. He proceeded to take voice lessons from " Luciano Bettarini", and the music soon became his passion and career choice.
Marriage And Children
Marriage And Children
In 1987 Andrea Bocelli met a young woman in a piano bar by the name of "Enrica Cenzatti". On June 27th, 1992 the couple was married. They had two sons, Amos, born on Feb 22, 1995, and Matteo, born on Oct, 8th 1997.In 2002 the couple separated and went their separate ways.
Andrea Bocelli Was Discovered By Rock Star...And the great Pavarotti took notice.
It did not take long for Andrea to become discovered. In 1992 Italian rock star "Zucchero Fornaciari " auditioned Andrea, with the thought of using a tenor in one of the songs on his not yet to be produced recordings. His first choice is that of "Luciano Pavarotti.
After Pavarotti heard Bocelli's voice he urged the rock star to use Andrea. Fornaciari decided to go with Pavarotti but took Andrea along on his European tour. He was off and running.
1994 Was A Year To Remember
1994 was a fantastic year for Bocelli, he performed the winning entry at the Sanremo Festival with his rendition of,"Il Mare Calmo Della Sera". This ultimately led to his first gold record. That year, he also debuted as Macduff in Giuseppe Verdi's Macbeth, sang at Pavarotti's benefit concert in Modena, and performed for Pope John Paul II at Christmas. Andrea Bocelli was fast becoming a star.
Their Voices So Compliment Each Other
Teams Up With Sarah Brightman -- A Time To Say Good Buy
Andrea was on his way to being recognized internationally ...
Duets with famous female singers enabled Bocelli to break into the international scene. In 1996, English soprano Sarah Brightman requested Bocelli to sing with her onstage, the song "A Time To Say Goodbye." Later the two teamed up with the London Symphony Orchestra and recorded "A Time to Say Goodbye" It broke all sales records across Europe. The song stayed in Germany's top 10 for six months and became a favorite around the world.
In the years to follow Andrea performed around the world, and has gone on to produce numerous CDS. Andrea Bocelli continues to tour the world, spreading the joy of his music. He has performed duets with the much well-known singing artist. One such artist is Celine Dion, singing The Prayer. The Prayer is one of my all-time favorites.
And Discovers A Promising New Singer
Andrea Bocelli Lends His Expertise At American Idol
Most Recently in 2006, Bocelli teamed up with American Idol to help them sing theme songs, which were classic love songs. He was so impressed with Katharine McPhee, that he invited her to perform with him while on tour in California. Most naturally she accepted his invitation.
Andrea Bocelli And Celine Dion "The Prayer"
Diva Celine Dion once said, "If God had a singing voice, he would sound a lot like Andrea Bocelli."
"The Prayer" is a duet between Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli. It was released on several Cds, to mention just two Dion's "These Are Special Times" and Bocelli' "Sogno".
In 1999 "The Prayer" won a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song from the Quest for Camelot and was also that same year nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song. In 2000 it was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. Celine performed it with Andrea at both ceremonies.